Trained in book arts and printmaking, Summer J. Hart received a BFA from the Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT, and an MFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Influenced by repetitive organic geometries, scenes viewed through knotholes, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, she creates environments out of cut paper: using both shadows and vacancies as marks.
Her immersive installations are both obsessive and about obsession. They are sites of biological disasters and fairytale forests. Astounded by the resiliency of the forest: the endless process of reproduction, mutation, and evolution, Summer J. Hart makes a million marks that slowly shift in form and texture, compulsively repeating minor movements with a blade to draw objects that are indicative of natural forms, such as leaves, feathers, barnacles, and seaweed.
By creating dense, cascading “living walls” of synthetic paper, she allows her vision of a ghostly nature to creep in through any breach, fissure, or opportunity.
Past series explore the psychological space of figure and portrait paintings, Victorian photography, and the weird zone in which zoological illustrations turn into images of childhood.